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Neil Banfield (born 20 January 1962) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Crystal Palace and Leyton Orient. He is currently first-team coach at Queens Park Rangers.

Neil Banfield
Personal information
Full name Neil Anthony Banfield
Date of birth (1962-01-20) 20 January 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Poplar, London, England
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1978–1980 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1981 Crystal Palace 3 (0)
1981–1983 Adelaide City 50 (2)
1983–1985 Leyton Orient 31 (0)
National team
England Schoolboys
England U18
Teams managed
1992–1997 Charlton Athletic (head youth coach)
1997–2004 Arsenal Academy
2004–2012 Arsenal Reserves
2012–2018 Arsenal (first team coach)[1]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Club careerEdit

Banfield was born in Poplar, London. He began his football career as a centre half with Crystal Palace, with whom he won the 1978 FA Youth Cup in a 1–0 victory over Aston Vila.[2] When he left Palace in 1981, he had a spell with Australian side Adelaide City. Banfield moved again in 1983, to Leyton Orient with whom he spent one season.[3]

International careerEdit

Banfield was a England schoolboy international, and was a member of the England team that won the 1980 UEFA European Under-18 Championship.[1]

Managerial careerEdit

After his retirement he became a coach. He started his coaching career with Charlton Athletic with whom he spent five years as the head coach at the club's academy. Banfield then joined Arsenal, in 1997. Banfield went on to coach Arsenal's academy teams with whom he won two FA Youth Cups, an FA Premier Academy League U17 title in 1999–2000 and an U19 League title in 2001–02. He then succeeded Eddie Niedzwiecki as the coach of Arsenal Reserves after the former's departure for Blackburn Rovers in September 2004.[4]

Banfield also served under Don Givens as the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland U21 team. He held this post from April 2004 to May of the following year. On 24 May 2012, Banfield took up the position of first-team coach for Arsenal,[5][3] a role he held until 2018.

On 14 May 2019, Banfield was appointed first-team coach at Queens Park Rangers [6]



Crystal Palace[2]


England U18

Managerial careerEdit

Arsenal Youth[4]


  1. ^ a b c "'Sometimes I have to pinch myself'". Arsenal F.C. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 72. ISBN 0907969542.
  3. ^ a b "Neil Banfield". Arsenal F.C. 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b Greenwood, Mark. "Football's unsung heroes – Arsenal's Neil Banfield". Football Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Bould and Banfield join first-team staff". Arsenal F.C. 24 May 2012. Archived from the original on 26 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
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External linksEdit

  • Neil Banfield at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Eddie Niedzwiecki
Arsenal Reserves Coach
Succeeded by
Steve Gatting